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2021 52nd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, November 03, 2021 to Thursday, November 04, 2021

Event #65: MINI Main Event No-Limit Hold'em (freezeout)

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $3,400,690
  • Entries: 3,821
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, November 5, 2021 2:23 PM Local Time
"It Feels Amazing": Georgios Sotiropoulos Joins Elite Group With Third WSOP Bracelet in Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event

Georgios Sotiropoulos

It's every poker player's dream to win a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. Few have done it. Even fewer have two. But it's truly a select group that has done it three times.

Georgios Sotiropoulos of Greece is now part of that poker pantheon after winning his third bracelet in 2021 WSOP Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event. Sotiropoulos outlasted a starting field of 3,821 entries to take home $432,575.

"It feels amazing. So many players in the tournament, 3,000 or so. So many hours played. And in the end, the result was what I wanted," Sotiropoulos said.

Sotiropoulos is now a double-bracelet winner in 2021, also winning the Flip & Go Online on GGPoker in August. His first bracelet came at the 2015 WSOP Europe in a €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo event. He has established himself as one of the top no-limit hold'em players, but that reputation doesn't really mean much to him.

"I don't really think about that," Sotiropoulos said. "But it's an amazing achievement. I really love the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas, the tournaments, the people here. Everything excites me. Makes me come again and again, playing more and winning more. Feeling grateful."

2021 WSOP Mini Main Event Final Table Resuts

1Georgios SotiropoulosGreece$432,575
2Wataru MiyashitaJapan$267,328
3Jordan MeltzerUnited States$202,695
4James PattersonUnited States$154,720
5James RubinskiUnited States$118,898
6Matthew JewettUnited States$91,991
7David TuthillUnited States$71,661
8James MorganUnited Staes$56,208
9Erkut YilmazUnited States$44,394

Final Table Action

Sotiropoulos came into Day 3 with a chip lead of 105,550,000, more than 60 million ahead of second place with five players remaining. It was Wataru Miyashita who made quick work to bring about heads-up play, eliminating James Rubinski on the second hand of the day with ace-queen. He then flopped a set of eights to take out James Patterson in fourth place before eliminating Jordan Meltzer in third with Big Slick that made top pair on the river.

Sotiropoulos and Miyashita began heads-up play with identical chip stacks. Sotiropoulos pulled ahead when he called a 15 million preflop three-bet from Miyashita. Sotiropoulos also called bets of 8.5 million on the flop and 12 million on the turn with the board showing     . Both players checked the   river, and Sotiropoulos won with    for two pair, queens and sevens, as Miyashita flashed pocket fours.

The end came in a limped pot when Sotiropoulos and Miyashita saw the turn on a board of     . Sotiropoulos check-raised a 9 million bet from Miyashita to 26 million and called when Miyashita shoved for 78.3 million. Miyashita had trip queens, but Sotiropoulos had made a flush with   . The river came the  , and Sotiropoulos was a three-time bracelet winner.

Sotiropoulos dedicated the win to his namesake grandfather and to his friends who cheered him on from the rail. He plans to play the rest of the WSOP and maybe even the WSOP Europe in Rozvadov to try to win bracelet No. 4.

"I just want to keep playing, keep grinding," he said. He's now part of an elite company, but Sotiropoulos isn't content to stop there.

Congratulations to Georgios Sotiropoulos, the 2021 WSOP Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event champion!

Friday, November 5, 2021 1:42 PM Local Time
Wataru Miyashita Eliminated in 2nd Place ($267,328)

Wataru Miyashita

Wataru Miyashita limped in and Georgios Sotiropoulos checked his option bringing about the     flop.

Sotiropoulos check-called the 4.5 million bet from Miyashita and the   paired the board on the turn.

The action saw Sotiropoulos check-raise to 26 million after Miyashita fired out 9 million and Miyashita three-bet jammed for 78.3 million

Sotiropoulos snap-called and the two players tabled their hands.

Wataru Miyashita:   
Georgios Sotiropoulos:   

The turn gave Miyashita trip queens while also giving Sotiropoulos the diamond flush and the   river was no help to Miyashita as it eliminated him in second place for $267,328.

Georgios Sotiropoulos229,380,00091,380,000
Wataru Miyashita0-91,400,000
Friday, November 5, 2021 1:23 PM Local Time
Miyashita Shoves

Wataru Miyashita

Wataru Miyashita raised to 9,000,000 and Georgios Sotiropoulos came along from the big blind. The flop came    , and Miyashita bet another 5,500,000.

Sotiropoulos called to see the   turn. He checked, then folded when Miyashita announced he was all in.

Georgios Sotiropoulos138,000,000-12,000,000
Wataru Miyashita91,400,00012,000,000
Friday, November 5, 2021 1:18 PM Local Time
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Friday, November 5, 2021 1:14 PM Local Time
Level 43 started
Level: 43
Blinds: 2,000,000/4,000,000
Ante: 4,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, November 5, 2021 1:03 PM Local Time
Players On Break

Level 42 has come to an end and Georgios Sotiropoulos and Wataru Miyashita are headed off on a 15-minute break.

Georgios Sotiropoulos150,000,000-5,380,000
Wataru Miyashita79,400,0005,400,000
Friday, November 5, 2021 1:01 PM Local Time
Sotiropoulos Climbs Back to the Top

Georgios Sotiropoulos raised to 7.2 million and then called the 15 million three-bet from Wataru Miyashita.

The     flop saw Miyashita continue for 8.5 million and Sotiropoulos called bringing the   turn.

Miyashita fired out 12 million and Sotiropoulos called once again to see the   complete the board on the river.

Both players checked and Miyashita rolled over    but it was no good as Sotiropoulos showed    to win the pot.

Georgios Sotiropoulos155,380,00050,380,000
Wataru Miyashita74,000,000-50,400,000
Friday, November 5, 2021 12:53 PM Local Time
Chop It Up

Georgios Sotiropoulos called a 6,500,000 raise from Wataru Miyashita before the flop. Both players checked through to the river on a board of      .

Sotiropoulos led out for 8,000,000 and Miyashita quickly called. Sotiropoulos showed    for a rivered pair of kings, but Miyashita showed the same pair with    to chop the pot.

Wataru Miyashita124,400,000-15,980,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos105,000,00016,000,000
Friday, November 5, 2021 12:45 PM Local Time
Miyashita Racking Chips

Georgios Sotiropoulos raised to 7.2 million and Wataru Miyashita defended to see a     flop.

Miyashita check-called the 5.8 million continuation bet from Sotiropoulos and then did the same for 9 million after the   paired the board on the turn.

After the   double paired the board on the river, Miyashita fired out an uncontested 11 million bet to win the pot.

Wataru Miyashita140,380,00015,380,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos89,000,000-15,300,000
Friday, November 5, 2021 12:34 PM Local Time
Level 42 started
Level: 42
Blinds: 1,500,000/3,000,000
Ante: 3,000,000
Gorilla Gaming
Friday, November 5, 2021 12:33 PM Local Time
Miyashita Strikes First

Wataru Miyashita raised to 5,100,000 from the button and Georgios Sotiropoulos defended his big blind. Both players checked the     flop.

Sotiropoulos checked again on the   turn and Miyashita bet 5,500,000. Sotiropoulos called and the   river was checked down.

Sotiropoulos turned over    for a missed straight draw, while Miyashita had    for a pair of fives to win the first significant pot of heads-up play.

Wataru Miyashita125,000,00010,310,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos104,300,000-10,390,000
Friday, November 5, 2021 12:32 PM Local Time
WSOP 2021| THE MAIN EVENT BEGINS! | Update Day 37
Friday, November 5, 2021 12:29 PM Local Time
Jordan Meltzer Eliminated in 3rd Place ($202,695)

Jordan Meltzer

After just receiving a double, Jordan Meltzer raised all in for 52 million from the small blind and Wataru Miyashita snap-called from the big blind.

Jordan Meltzer:   
Wataru Miyashita:   

Meltzer woke-up with an ace but was in dominating position after Miyashita rolled over big slick and the       runout ended his tournament in third place for $202,695.

Wataru Miyashita114,690,00024,690,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos114,690,0009,140,000
Jordan Meltzer0-39,000,075
Friday, November 5, 2021 12:19 PM Local Time
James Patterson Eliminated in 4th Place ($154,720)

James Patterson

Wataru Miyashita raised to 5,000,000 from under the gun before James Patterson moved his last 12,000,000 into the middle. Action folded back to Miyashita, who called.

James Patterson:   
Wataru Miyashita:   

The flop came down    . "He hit an eight," Patterson said to his rail with an air of resignation. Drawing to runner-runner, Patterson came up empty on the    turn and river and was eliminated in fourth place.

Wataru Miyashita90,000,00025,000,000
James Patterson0-26,600,000
Friday, November 5, 2021 12:10 PM Local Time
James Rubinski Eliminated in 5th Place ($118,898)

James Rubinski

Wataru Miyashita shoved all in for 35,900,000 from the button on the first hand and won the blinds and antes.

On the next hand, James Rubinski went all in for 22,325,000 from under the gun, Miyashita re-shoved, and the rest of the table folded.

James Rubinski:   
Wataru Miyashita:   

Neither player connected with the       board and Miyashita won the pot with his queen-kicker, making Rubinski the first casualty of Day 3.

Wataru Miyashita65,000,00029,100,000
James Rubinski0-22,325,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, November 5, 2021 12:03 PM Local Time
Play is Underway

The cards have been dealt out to the remaining five players who have taken their seats on one of the featured tables in the Mothership and play begins with 25:16 remaining in Level 41.

Friday, November 5, 2021 12:01 PM Local Time
Level 41 started
Level: 41
Blinds: 1,300,000/2,500,000
Ante: 2,500,000
Friday, November 5, 2021 10:04 AM Local Time
Mini Main Event Champion to Be Crowned Today

Georgios Sotiropoulos

The final day of the Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event gets underway at noon local time.

Yesterday's Day 2 saw 282 players return to the felt. After 19 levels of play, only five remained, with two-time WSOP bracelet winner Georgios Sotiropoulos leading the pack by a large margin with 105,550,000 chips.

Sotiropoulos holds a commanding chip lead as he looks to capture his third WSOP bracelet; he returns to the tables with almost half of the chips in play. Attempting to chase down Sotiropoulos are the likes of Jordan Meltzer (39,075,000) and Wataru Miyashita (35,900,000), who are neck-in-neck in chips. James Patterson (26,600,000), and James Rubinski (22,325,000) are sitting towards the bottom of the chip counts with roughly ten big blinds each.

2021 WSOP Mini Main Event Final Table Seat Draw

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Amazon4141James RubinskiUnited States22,325,0009
Amazon4142Wataru MiyashitaJapan35,900,00015
Amazon4143James PattersonUnited States26,600,00011
Amazon4144Georgios SotiropoulosGreece105,550,00044
Amazon4145Jordan MeltzerUnited States39,075,00016

The final five players will return today at noon local time to the Amazon Gold section at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to play down to a winner. The event resumes in Level 41 with 25:16 remining where blinds are 1,200,000/2,400,000/2,400,000.

All five players have secured $196,466, but all eyes will be on the $812,270 first-place prize that the eventual champion will be taking home, along with the coveted WSOP Mini Main Event bracelet!

Mini Main Final Table Results and Payouts

1  $432,575
2  $267,328
3  $202,695
4  $154,720
5  $118,898
6Matthew JewettUnited States$91,991
7David TuthillUnited States$71,661
8James MorganCanada$56,208
9Erkut YilmazUnited States$44,394

Who will claim the Mini Main Event WSOP hardware? Stay tuned here as the PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to bring you all of the action as the day unfolds.